JEFFERSON, LA — Christmas trees will be collected curbside throughout unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner, Lafitte, and Westwego on January 12, 13, and 14, 2017. Trees will be recycled for beneficial re-use –marsh restoration and/or composting.
Residents are advised to place trees curbside on the evening of Wednesday, January 11th. Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees on January 12, 13, and 14, 2017.
It is important to remember that any trees put out prior to or after the dates indicated will be mixed in with normally scheduled trash pickup. This program is not part of regularly scheduled pick up and Progressive Waste Solutions has dedicated trucks for this purpose only.
Only clean, unpainted and non-flocked trees are acceptable for re-use. Prior to placing trees curbside, residents must remove all lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands, and plastic bags from their Christmas trees. Artificial, flocked or painted trees are not eligible for the program.
This year’s project involves two (2) phases. Some of the trees will be placed in the marsh, refurbishing previously constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte to help protect and restore Jefferson’s coastal wetlands; and others will be chipped and used for composting.
Although the Louisiana Office of Coastal Management has discontinued funding Christmas tree marsh restoration projects throughout the state, we are able to continue this popular project thanks to a generous donation of $25,000 from DynoNobel and the help of volunteers.
Volunteers are needed, especially those with shallow draft boats to move trees from a Lafitte staging area to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou. Volunteers will meet at 8:00am on Saturday, January 14th at Cochiara’s Marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Boulevard in Lafitte, to move trees to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou, near the Town of Jean Lafitte. If bad weather conditions on January 14th cause cancellation, the event will be rescheduled for the following Saturday, January 21st.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, wear layered clothing including long pants, long sleeved shirt, and closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Hats and sunscreen are recommended. Gloves, safety glasses, life vests, lunch and refreshments will be provided.
For more information or to volunteer, contact the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 731-4612.
VOLUNTEER FOR THIS “HANDS ON” ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT
RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
Projects like this would not be possible without you.
For more information please contact:
Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs
4901 Jefferson Hwy., Suite E
Jefferson, LA 70121